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How should I vote in Sheffield if I care about the Trees PFI — or democracy? | Professor Jennifer Saul

Many, many voters in Sheffield are angry about the vast, unaccountable PFI contract between Sheffield City Council and Amey. Their reasons vary. It may be the shocking contractual requirement to fell half the city’s street trees (17,500 trees), even if

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Of street trees and solastalgia | Joanna Dobson

I heard a story this week of an old man and a cherry tree. The man was near the end of his life and could no longer go outside. He had visitors and he could watch television, but what anchored

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Latest #saveshefftrees update w/e 13th April 2018 – Lucky 13 – No Felling

No felling: So another week without felling has gone by, which has again been lovely. Conflicting rumours abound about whether the felling crews will be back next week or not. There are some hints that they might, and other rumours

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Sheffield’s tree massacre: How locals battled to protect Europe’s greenest city | The Independent

Mass arrests, poisoned-tea plots and the unravelling of a secret £2.2bn PFI contract. Colin Drury delves into the inside story of the battle to save 20,000 trees being felled in a single city Jenny Hockey still shivers when she remembers the

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‘I salute you,’ Jarvis Cocker tells Sheffield tree protesters as they march on city hall

‘I salute you’ – that was the message from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker as he returned to Sheffield to join hundreds of tree protesters in a march to the City Hall. A downpour of rain did not stop hundreds of

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Clive Anderson: Sheffield needlessly takes an axe to its own reputation

AS an enthusiastic tree-hugger – I have been President of the Woodland Trust for more than 12 years – I have found the unhappy saga of Sheffield taking an axe to so many of its roadside trees hard to countenance

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Jarvis Cocker to speak at major Sheffield tree protest rally this weekend

Seventeen years ago, a song called ‘The Trees’ was among the final singles released by Jarvis Cocker’s much-loved band Pulp. Now one of Sheffield’s most-famous sons is playing an increasingly-prominent role in the growing campaign to save thousands of the

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Sheffield just came out in force to stop 99 years of history being hacked away | The Canary

Around 200 residents and campaigners came outin force on Wednesday 4 April to show their opposition to the possible felling of trees planted in memory of the First World War. A momentary pause? Sheffield City Council and its contractor Amey

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No tears to flow – TheTLS

One morning late last summer, I awoke to the sound of a chainsaw angrily working its way through one of the large mature trees that overhang my back garden. I went out in my pyjamas to remonstrate with the chainsaw

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Latest #saveshefftrees update – w/e 30th March 2018 – No felling!

No Felling(ish!) No felling this week anywhere in Sheffield, which is incredibly good news. We say no felling, there was the felling of one tree on Sheldon Road, however this was a tree that was causing proven (after two years

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What is Treegate? Everything you need to know about the furious row over tree-felling in Sheffield – Mirror…

People are extremely upset about healthy trees being chopped down in one of Europe’s greenest cities as part of a PFI deal. Here’s everything you need to know about the ongoing saga Healthy trees in one of Europe’s greenest cities

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Sheffield union leaders urge rethink on tree-felling in U-turn over protest campaign

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/sheffield-union-leaders-urge-rethink-on-tree-felling-in-u-turn-over-protest-campaign-1-9089677

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Tree-hugging protesters take back control in Sheffield | FT.com

The struggle to save a city’s trees divides people and politicians Trees breathe life into our urban landscapes, a reminder of the natural world amid the city smog. Even the most mild-mannered, stoical Brits can be radicalised to defend their place

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The ‘green’ massacre of Sheffield | El Mundo

Half of the 36,000 trees on its streets were sentenced to felling Thirty neighbors have been arrested in the protests Some call themselves ‘squirrels’, others ‘rabbits’, others ‘lizards’. The residents of Sheffield have decided to reincarnate in the urban fauna

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Felling of Sheffield trees pauses offering a chance to review the evidence – Trees for Cities

Sheffield City Council’s announcement that it is to pause felling of street trees is timely after the Woodland Trust and Trees for Cities presented evidence to the council questioning its tree felling assessments Three weeks after submitting an independent report,

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The Yorkshire Post says: Don’t blame the tree protesters – Sheffield Council in a deeper hole

THE pragmatists might have hailed Sheffield City Council’s decision to suspend its tree-felling programme as a victory for common sense after this act of environmental vandalism earned national notoriety. Meanwhile the more cynical will point to the suspension’s timing, and

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#saveshefftrees Round Up – Monday March 26th 2018

HIGH , LOWER AND LOWEST THE HIGH – possibly… Sheffield City Council announces they are “pausing” the tree fellings for “several weeks”. See STAG FB page and STAG NEWS FB to join in the celebration, find out the details and

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Sheffield council pauses tree-felling scheme after criticism | UK news | The Guardian

Sheffield city council has announced an immediate pause of its controversial tree-felling scheme after a barrage of criticism. Thousands of trees assessed as dead, dying, dangerous or diseased have been cut down under a £2bn project to improve the condition

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The city where sanity has turned to sawdust | The Times

Sheffield council’s blockheaded destruction of its glorious trees is the worst of philistine, Stalinist, municipal Labour. It had the air of a public execution. One where the condemned was innocent, the crowd aghast and even the hangman looked ashamed. The

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Woman with pink recorder arrested over Sheffield tree felling protest | UK news | The Guardian

Protester with broken arm was among 40 ‘tree protectors’ who failed to stop felling of an old lime tree. A newly ordained vicar armed with a tambourine and a woman with a broken arm and a pink glittery recorder are

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The Felling – An Epic Tale of People Power

Innocent protest to save Sheffield’s healthy street trees turns into a nightmare, as a small group of brave suburbanites take on their Council, the police and a multinational corporation.

Crowdfunder: street trees legal fund

We are currently collecting to support the small number of campaigners who are facing court costs after cases brought by Sheffield City Council.

Heartwood TiCL trail

Walk the Heartwood Trail and find Robert Macfarlane’s beautiful charms against harm hung from some of Sheffield’s threatened Street Trees. Designed by Jackie Morris.